Written by ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer
Tokyo — The host country’s superstar has not participated in the Tokyo Olympics.
Naomi Osaka lost 6-1 and 6-4 to former French Open finalist Marka Vendrusova of the Czech Republic in the third round of the Tokyo Tennis Tournament on Tuesday (Monday night PT).
Born in Japan and raised in the United States, second-place Osaka usually suffers from reliable ground strokes, and 42nd-place Vendrusova creates a series of drop-shot winners and other clever shots, pulling opponents away from her. rice field. A comfortable place to stay.
Osaka, which ignited the torch at the opening ceremony on Friday, won the opening round of two games with a straight set after a two-month mental health break. However, it was raining outside on Tuesday, so the situation was different with the roof closed.
Immediately after the match was over, the organizers said Osaka would leave the venue and not talk to the media.
Vendrusova came out by clicking on the whole game from the beginning, and Osaka had little time to gather himself, so he quickly ran a 4-0 lead on the first set.
Osaka then defeated Vendrusova’s serve in the opening game of the second set, but returned a break almost immediately when she double-faulted to 2-2.
Osaka smashed the backhand on the cross court and lost the serve again to end the match, then shook hands with Vendrusova on the net, walked to the chair, put the racket in the bag and zippered, and from the court Vendrusova Chased.
Osaka hit Vondrouova’s 10 to 32 unforced errors, while both players produced 22 winners. But it wasn’t just a holiday for Osaka. It was also an outstanding performance of Vendrusova.
Osaka earned 64% of the first serve in play, but only 49% of the points of the first serve.
At some point in the middle of the second set, Vendrusova hit an underspin scooped forehand approach shot that landed on the line, and Osaka stared at the line for a few seconds, apparently incredible.
Osaka had a break point to take the 4-3 lead in 2nd place, but Vondrousova hit the winner of a series of drop shots and returned to the game before holding.
About 10 minutes later, the match was over.
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